The greatest achievements in this field are due to the full knowledge of the previous Organic Law of 1985 and the new LOE 4/2000, in particular with regard to sanctions. We have achieved to nullify many deportation orders before the contentious-administrative justice, achieving the suspension of the deportation order while the deportation proceedings was pending. In some cases the orders came when the affected was literally on the plane (which had to delay takeoff). In 1994 we obtained the first judgment of the High Court of Canary Island nullifying the deportation order of two Uruguayan citizens by virtue of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship signed between Spain and this country. Moreover, we have successfully dealt with work permits and residence of non-EU citizens, family reunification and obtaining Spanish nationality through residence, roots, ancestry, after fulfilling the legal requirements.
In other cases we replace imprisonment by expulsion when this measure was favorable to the foreign citizen and he accepted it. Recently the rule allowing the expulsion as an alternative punishment was modified.